Want health insurance? Get on the scale
In order to be eligible for some — or all — of the company health plan, 15% of employers now require employees to undergo biometric screening or fill out a health assessment, according to a survey released today by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health. In the case of screenings, employees typically have to step on a scale, have their waistline measured and get blood drawn to test cholesterol and glucose levels. “There are some companies saying, ‘gee, we’re spending an awful lot on health care, we would like you to do certain things,’” says Adam Stavisky, a Fidelity benefits consultant.
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